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WALB: Editorial/Sunshine Week

March 25, 2015
ViewpointThis year marks the 10th annual nationwide celebration of "Sunshine Week" Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is about your right to know what your government is doing, and why. Locally we have always sought to hold elected officials accountable, and to be a voice for the public's right to...

Valdosta Today: Olens/State Reaches Settlement on Kick-Backs

March 23, 2015
ATLANTA — Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Thursday that Georgia has joined the federal government, 48 states and the District of Columbia to reach an agreement with the pharmaceutical manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo, a global pharmaceutical company with its U.S. headquarters in New Jersey. The agreement settles allegations that the company...
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Gwinnett Couple Pleads Guilty to Stealing $1.4 Million from Georgia Medicaid

March 12, 2015
March 11, 2015 On March 6, 2015, Olufemi Afuape and Oluyemisi Afuape of Lilburn, Ga., pled guilty to one count of Medicaid Fraud (O.C.G.A. § 49-4-146.1(b)(1)) and one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the State (O.C.G.A. § 16-10-21(a)). Oluyemisi Afuape was sentenced to three years house arrest, followed by 12...

AG Olens Kicks Off 4th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Food Drive

March 04, 2015
March 4, 2015 Today, Attorney General Sam Olens was joined at the state Capitol by State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division (YLD) President Sharri Edenfield and Georgia Food Bank Association Executive Director Danah Craft to launch the 4th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide food drive competition among Georgia...

Final Defendant in 15 Person Tax Fraud Ring Pleads Guilty

February 03, 2015
For immediate release: Feb. 3, 2015 Final Defendant in 15 Person Tax Fraud Ring Pleads Guilty On Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, David H. Pitts, of Newborn, Ga., pled guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court to Violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4(c). Pitts...

Former Head of Tech College Pleads Guilty

January 30, 2015
For immediate release: Jan. 30, 2015 Former Head of West Georgia Technical College Foundation Pleads Guilty to Stealing $25K from the Foundation On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, Dawn Cook, the former head of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation (foundation), pled guilty to four counts of Theft by Taking (O.C.G.A....

Attorney General Sam Olens Announces Child Sex Trafficking Indictment

January 30, 2015
For immediate release: Jan. 30, 2015 On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, a Cobb County Grand Jury returned a 16 count indictment against Khiry Price for the commercial sexual exploitation of three juvenile females. Price is charged with three counts of Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-46(c)), one...

Attorney General Olens Announces Indictment of Augusta Caretaker for Elder Abuse

December 05, 2014
December 5, 2014 On December 2, 2014, a Richmond County Grand Jury issued an indictment against Patsy Sheppard of Augusta, Ga., on three counts of Exploitation of an Elder Person, O.C.G.A. § 16-5-102(a), and one count of Attempted Exploitation of an Elder Person, O.C.G.A. § 16-5-102(a) and O.C.G.A. § 16-4-1....